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Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace Paperback – July 1, 2009
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...As women, we are connected through our shared experiences. Together, we create an iridescent pearl necklace, with demands and stress of everyday life, many women become secluded and disconnected from one another and from God!...The ladies in this book and I connect to make a difference in the world. All proceeds from this book go to two charities."
This is a very unique and special book that gathers authors I've seen on the book shelf at my job, interviewed or reviewed their book on my blog. It was very sobering to read many of these authors' stories. I'm so thankful to have received a review copy of this book. The stories in this book are honest, heartfelt and inspirational. More proof that we are all a work in progress. God does His best work in our lives in times of troubles in community and the body of Christ!
Elizabeth Musser states in her story, "I truly believe that God never wastes the pain in our lives...Pain called me to God and made me completely dependent on Him. God gave me the strength to carry on!", author of The Swan House.
Robin Jones Gunn author best know for the Sister Chicks series said, "Yes, my life capsized. But I was being carried along on the unforced rhythm of God's grace."
Many of the authors in Pearl Girls share their struggles and some very personal situations they encountered. I loved how vulnerable and honest there stories were and how they acted or reacted in having to trust God completely in their crisis! God deals with us and loves us in a very personal way. He is involved in every detail of our lives, their stories show this in a real way.
"God was there...like a lifeline, He was holding my hand, I clung to God's hand like I'd never clung before. I knew that without Him, I would drown-simply to escape the pain." Melody Carlson.
You'll be encouraged as you read these stories. I was.
Nora St.Laurent - ACFW Book Club Coordinator
"Let Margaret take you by the hand and lead you to the place where grit encounters grace. And see for yourself what it means to become a PEARL GIRL."
What I like about this book:
First off it's easy to get into. You can read a story here and there. I love these books as a mother because sometimes I can only get two or three minutes to myself during the day. There are oodles of authors, so there are lots of ladies you can relate to and feel connected with. You'll find God throughout these pages and be touched by a lot of the stories. I found myself smiling and teary-eyed in the same breath! It was easy to love this book because it touched on so many levels of life and had so many wonderful authors involved in it.
The amazing thing about this book is that Margaret Mcsweeney gives 100% of the proceeds go to two charities! Isn't that amazing? This book is not only encouraging and life changing to us as women, but it is also changing lives of those who really need it.
For me, my favorite and somewhat surprising story that I loved was by Debbie Macomber - From a Marriage on the Rocks to One Built on The Rock; her honesty and openness truly touched me. If you're a "Chicken Soup for the Soul" kinda reader you'll really love this book, but in all honesty ANY and every woman can find inspiration in the pages of this book. We are all pearl girls.
Somewhere in this collection is a story that will speak just to you from someone who knows what you're going through because she's gone through it too. And each story is a strong testimony of a loving God who understands and who cares. This one is a keeper.
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